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New state voting law approved

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois residents will be able to register to vote on Election Day this November under legislation approved Tuesday by Gov. Pat Quinn.

July 01, 2014 6:38 pm

Fewer state troopers means $1.7M in ovetime at Illinois State Police

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois State Police paid more than $1.7 million more in overtime in the last fiscal year than in 2010 as budget cuts and a shrinking trooper headcount took their toll.

May 28, 2014 12:00 am

Carnival inspector fired for spending time as wedding singer

SPRINGFIELD | A man paid to inspect carnival rides and ski lifts instead spent time on the job pursuing a side career as a wedding singer, newly released state documents show.

July 25, 2013 12:00 am
Fancy footwork: Shoes found in Capitol

Fancy footwork: Shoes found in Capitol

These fancy but somewhat outdated dress shoes are among a number of treasures being found in the nooks and crannies of the 122-year-old Illinois Capitol as it undergoes renovations.

December 27, 2011 12:00 am

Report: Lincoln celebration a waste

SPRINGFIELD | Not even Honest Abe came out unscathed in a 34-page report on how to cut state spending.

February 14, 2010 12:00 am

Action on governor, Senate seat may come slowly

The push to oust Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office, as well as strip him of his power to appoint a new U.S. senator, may not come as fast as some hope.

December 11, 2008 12:00 am

Study raises questions over Pontiac prison closure

SPRINGFIELD | An independent study of Illinois' prison system shows the state should be preparing to add space for inmates rather than pushing to close prisons.

September 25, 2008 12:00 am

Congressional candidates balk at debate opportunity

A debate between three candidates running to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Weller in Congress has been canceled after two of the participants said they'd be no-shows.

September 25, 2008 12:00 am

Senate restores money for parks, but more pain ahead

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Senate took a step Tuesday toward staving off budget cuts to state parks, historic sites and social service programs.

September 24, 2008 12:00 am

Senate returning next week

SPRINGFIELD | Under pressure to take action on a sweeping package of ethics reforms, Senate President Emil Jones is calling lawmakers back to Springfield next week.

September 20, 2008 12:00 am

Governor's record points to possibility of parks staying open

SPRINGFIELD | When it comes to carrying out plans to close state facilities, Gov. Rod Blagojevich doesn't have history on his side.

September 16, 2008 12:00 am

Penny-pinching agency didn't stop buying new cars

SPRINGFIELD | At the same time the Illinois Department of Transportation stopped scraping dead animals off highways and curtailed mowing along interstates earlier this year, agency officials were buying more new cars than any other agency in the state.

September 03, 2008 12:00 am

Illinois GOP pleased with McCain's pick

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois Republicans were surprised but generally pleased with GOP presidential nominee John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

August 30, 2008 12:00 am

Governor cutting 450 jobs, closing parks and historic sites

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich is cutting more than 450 jobs and closing nearly two dozen state parks and historic sites as part of the state's lingering budget impasse.

August 29, 2008 12:00 am

Tentative pact reached with state workers

SPRINGFIELD | The union representing Illinois prison guards and thousands of other state workers has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

August 17, 2008 12:00 am

Groups planning lawsuit to derail IDOT job transfer

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich's efforts to move more than 100 state jobs to Harrisburg may take a detour through the legal system.

August 17, 2008 12:00 am

Village sewer project caught in state legislative crossfire

SPRINGFIELD | A plan to complete a sewer system in the McLean County village of Downs could become a casualty of the feuding among top state Democrats.

August 12, 2008 12:00 am

Governor again says IDOT move 'done deal'

SPRINGFIELD | A controversial plan to transfer 140 state workers from Springfield to Harrisburg is a "done deal," Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Friday.

August 09, 2008 12:00 am

Will Iowa benefit from Pontiac prison closing?

SPRINGFIELD | Closing Pontiac Correctional Center and fully opening the mostly unused lockup in Thomson could give a boost to the state's economy.

August 08, 2008 12:00 am

Governor could get red light on interstate cameras

SPRINGFIELD | Don't expect to see cameras catching speeders on Illinois interstates any time soon.

August 08, 2008 12:00 am

Drivers surveyed on state public works plan

SPRINGFIELD | The Blagojevich administration is taking its push for a statewide construction proposal to the people.

August 07, 2008 12:00 am

State management by Blagojevich's administration scrutinized

SPRINGFIELD | An analysis of audit reports covering the last three Illinois governors shows that Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration has been plagued by substantially more reports of mismanagement and waste than his two predecessors.

August 03, 2008 12:00 am

IDOT move comes down to colors

SPRINGFIELD | It wasn't hard Thursday to figure out which side people were on when it came to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's controversial decision to transfer state transportation jobs from Springfield to Harrisburg.

August 01, 2008 12:00 am

Stalled study skipped in push to shut Pontiac prison

SPRINGFIELD | The state has paid a consultant more than $411,000 since last year to study what kinds of upgrades need to be made to Illinois prisons.

July 30, 2008 12:00 am

Job cuts begin at Illinois historic sites

SPRINGFIELD | Dozens of seasonal employees at the state's historic sites have been told they'll be out of work July 31, victims of the state budget stalemate.

July 29, 2008 12:00 am

Quad Cities region declared disaster area

SPRINGFIELD | Three Illinois counties in the Quad Cities area have been declared disaster areas in the wake of Monday's severe storms.

July 24, 2008 12:00 am

Work on stalled state projects to resume

SPRINGFIELD | Nearly 40 stalled state construction projects are set to get back on track this week, Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Tuesday.

July 24, 2008 12:00 am

Taxpayers on hook for special session costs

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision to call lawmakers back to town next week will cost taxpayers an estimated $70,000 to $80,000.

July 04, 2008 12:00 am

Deadline on prison closing plan missed

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Department of Corrections missed a deadline Wednesday to outline its plan to close Pontiac Correctional Center.

July 03, 2008 12:00 am

Lawmakers to return Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD | Despite few signs that the political logjam is loosening, Gov. Rod Blagojevich Wednesday called on lawmakers to return to the Capitol next week for another go-around on the state budget.

July 03, 2008 12:00 am

State scientists and researchers fall under university's oversight

SPRINGFIELD | About 200 state employees began working under a new boss Tuesday as part of a $15.8 million reorganization plan affecting the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

July 02, 2008 12:00 am

Governor OKs funding for special education

SPRINGFIELD | More than 200 Illinois school districts could be in line for a total of $21 million in state funding for special education programs.

July 02, 2008 12:00 am

Governor threatens cuts, mum on raises

SPRINGFIELD | Although Gov. Rod Blagojevich threatened earlier this week to slash $1.5 billion in various state programs, it wasn't clear Thursday whether he will cut a pay raise for himself and state lawmakers worth nearly 4 percent.

June 27, 2008 12:00 am

Illinois lawmakers touring Turkey

SPRINGFIELD | Several Illinois lawmakers are in Turkey this week as part of what's being billed as a cultural tour of the nation.

June 26, 2008 12:00 am

Hearing on Pontiac prison closing scheduled

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plan to shutter Pontiac Correctional Center will be the focus of a public hearing Aug. 12.

June 22, 2008 12:00 am

Construction program still mired in stalemate

SPRINGFIELD | State transportation officials and a handful of Illinois lawmakers continued their push Thursday to get a statewide construction plan in place.

June 21, 2008 12:00 am

Blagojevich: Chicago needs construction plan for Olympic bid

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday tied the push for a statewide construction program to Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympic games.

June 07, 2008 12:00 am

Governor releases grant for coal project

SPRINGFIELD | After more than a year of prodding, Gov. Rod Blagojevich has agreed to release $14.1 million to help build a coal-to-gas energy plant in Decatur.

June 01, 2008 12:00 am

Construction plan hits roadblock

SPRINGFIELD | Support for a massive statewide road and bridge building program appeared to be crumbling Saturday night as the clock ticked down on the spring legislative session.

June 01, 2008 12:00 am

State leaders push $31B plan

SPRINGFIELD | The governor and three of the state's four legislative leaders said a proposed statewide construction program needs more work.

May 29, 2008 12:00 am

Reversal means schools will get final aid payments on time

SPRINGFIELD | School districts across Illinois will receive money they were promised from the state after all.

May 28, 2008 12:00 am

Court says murder case against Beaman weak

SPRINGFIELD | The state's highest court Thursday reversed the conviction of Alan Beaman, who has been in prison for 13 years for the murder of Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller, of Decatur.

May 23, 2008 12:00 am

State camping fees to rise Friday

SPRINGFIELD | Campers should pack some extra cash this weekend if they plan on spending a night in one of the state's public campgrounds.

May 21, 2008 12:00 am

School districts concerned about state aid payments

SPRINGFIELD | School administrators are facing some tough math problems as the school year comes to an end.

May 18, 2008 12:00 am

Ill. lawmakers take aim at online ticket hoarding

SPRINGFIELD (LEE)--Illinois lawmakers took aim Friday at ticket resellers who've made it tough for some consumers to buy tickets to popular concerts and sporting events.

May 16, 2008 12:00 am

State senators dally on vote for pay raises

SPRINGFIELD | Six days after the state House rejected an election-year pay raise, leaders in the Illinois Senate still are squabbling over the fate of the controversial issue.

May 14, 2008 12:00 am

Governor's office memo spotlights Rezko concern

SPRINGFIELD | A month before opening arguments were made in Antoin Rezko's federal corruption trial, Gov. Rod Blagojevich's top lawyer issued a memo to the governor's senior aides.

May 14, 2008 12:00 am

Rising costs of food hitting state agencies

SPRINGFIELD | Just as Illinoisans are pinching pennies at the grocery story, the fallout from rising food prices is hitting state government.

May 11, 2008 12:00 am

Illinois in a pickle over food prices

To gauge how higher food prices have affected the state's checkbook, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services compared prices for a select variety of items it buys for the prison system and other state institutions.

May 11, 2008 12:00 am

Gov. Blagojevich opposed to moratorium on prison closings

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday panned a proposal aimed at stopping him from closing the state prison in Pontiac.

May 09, 2008 12:00 am
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